Balada

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Balada is a malicious software (malware) involved in an extensive ongoing campaign, primarily targeting vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins and themes. During the first half of 2023, SiteCheck detected a total of 60,697 obfuscated script injections attributed to Balada Injector, accounting for 15.63% of all malware injections. In addition, 84,787 external script tags associated with this malware were also identified during the same period. The malware exploits flaws in websites, injecting scripts that can disrupt operations, steal sensitive information, or even hold data for ransom. The latest iteration of the Balada campaigns exploited a known vulnerability, CVE-2023-6000, to inject the initial stage of malicious code into websites. This vulnerability was found in the Popup Builder plugin for WordPress, which allowed for cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. Balada's injected scripts were decoded using CyberChef, a tool used for digital investigations, helping researchers extract Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) from the HTML code of compromised sites. Some of the IoCs related to Balada include specialcraftbox[.]com, from[.]forwardstarlight[.]com, page[.]bridgelinering[.]com, among others. The impact of the Balada Injector has been substantial. Security researchers estimate that over 6,000 websites have been infected in its most recent campaign alone. The malware often manifests as a pop-up launched on an infected website. Comprehensive research and analysis of the Balada Injector can be found in detailed reports published on Sucuri and Pulsedive blogs. As the threat continues, it underscores the importance of maintaining up-to-date security measures and practices, especially for sites utilizing WordPress plugins and themes.
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Balada Injector
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Balada Injector is a type of malware known for its ability to steal information from wp-config.php files, typically found in WordPress installations. This malicious software infiltrates systems through suspicious downloads, emails, or websites, often unbeknownst to the user. Once inside, it can disr
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CVE-2023-6000 is a significant software vulnerability found in older versions of the Popup Builder WordPress plugin, which has been exploited by the Balada Injector malware. This flaw, identified as an unpatched Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerability, allows attackers to inject malicious code into
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CERT-EU
a year ago
Balada Injector: Synopsis of a Massive Ongoing WordPress Malware Campaign
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Balada Injector Targets Unpatched tagDiv Plugin, Newspaper Theme & WordPress Admins
Securityaffairs
a year ago
Unveiling the Balada injector: a malware epidemic in WordPress
Pulsedive
3 months ago
Pulsedive Research: Balada Injector
DARKReading
a year ago
1M+ WordPress Sites Hacked via Zero-Day Plug-in Bugs
CERT-EU
5 months ago
Thousands of Sites with Popup Builder Compromised by Balada Injector | Antivirus and Security news
CERT-EU
5 months ago
Thousands of Sites with Popup Builder Compromised by Balada Injector
Securityaffairs
8 months ago
+17K WordPress websites infected with the Balada Injector
CERT-EU
5 months ago
New Balada Injector campaign infects 6,700 WordPress sites
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Thousands of WordPress sites have been hacked through tagDiv plugin vulnerability – Ars Technica | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker | National Cyber Security Consulting
Pulsedive
2 months ago
Pulsedive Blog | CyberChef 101 Tool Guide
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Over 17,000 WordPress sites hacked in Balada Injector attacks last month
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Recently Patched TagDiv Plugin Flaw Exploited to Hack Thousands of WordPress Sites
CERT-EU
10 months ago
SiteCheck Remote Website Scanner — Mid-Year 2023 Report
CERT-EU
8 months ago
More than 17,000 WordPress websites infected with the Balada Injector in September
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Balada Injector Targets Unpatched tagDiv Plugin, Newspaper Theme & WordPress Admins | Antivirus and Security news
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Hackers on WordPress Websites Hacking Spree with Balada Malware | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker | National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
4 months ago
Nearly 7K WordPress Sites Compromised by Balada Injector
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Over 17,000 Websites Exploited in Massive Balada Injector Campaign
CERT-EU
8 months ago
Balada Injector Malware Hits More Than 17,000 WordPress Sites